It’s a beautiful Sunday morning, (one I can only admire from the insides of my apartment), and I am stretched out on my bed, yodeling like a chicken. As funny as this sounds, you may not laugh until you see me. I assure you I’ll have made your day; It will be etched on your memory for as long as you can remember.
I’ve listened to complaints from friends during calls, read chats and posts of how boring it has been for so many of us. Thanks to COVID19, we are required to stay at home; confined to this space alone.
Boredom is the state of being bored. Now, being bored, according to Cambridge’s dictionary, means feeling tired and unhappy because something is not interesting or because you have nothing to do.
This is the perfect example of what we feel right now. You can’t go to the office to work, you can’t go out to meet family and friends, you can only call or chat with them on social media. You are going through the same routine each day; and your route spans from your room to the kitchen and then, to the bathroom; it’s like being caged in your own abode.
Boredom could also lead to mental disorders like depression, overeating, etc.
As uninteresting as boredom sounds, has this question ever crossed your mind…is there anything you can benefit from it? Sure, there is.
Boredom encourages imagination and creativity. It can be a source of change, if you let it. You can get new ideas of doing that which you have been procrastinating about. When you’re working, you put off doing some other things; now is the time to put this into good use.
We’ve fallen into the habit of “swiping and scrolling” our boredom away. Allow your mind to be creative.
With boredom, you can be self aware; reminding you that you’re doing something you’re not enjoying. Without this, you may go on revolving in that space when, in fact there’s light at the corner.
As much as boredom has benefits, it also needs moderation. Remember the saying, “too much of everything is bad”? In moderating boredom, choose the right activities. You don’t want to be swiping and scrolling all day, when you can read a book or write that poem you’ve always wanted to.
You should also banish distractions. Stop doing things that would make you procrastinate. I’ve always wanted to write this article on boredom, the reason why I haven’t already finished it, is because i allowed distractions.
Hey you! I know you dread a truly boring day, that’s okay. Just listen to what you need at the moment, maybe you need to balance idle time with periods of liveliness.
Surmount boredom; and save your productivity and creativity in this isolation period.